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Guide to the Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in The Alice and Rollo G. Silver Collection, Department of Special Collections, Boston University

Original finding aid created by the Department of Special Collections, Boston University; revised and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed through the assistance of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the University of Nebraska Research Council, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Title: Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in The Alice and Rollo G. Silver Collection, Department of Special Collections, Boston University

Collection Number: N/A


Creator: Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892


Collector: Silver, Rollo G.


Repository: Department of Special Collections

Abstract:
This electronic finding aid was created from a finding aid created by the Department of Special Collections, Boston University, and obtained by the Walt Whitman Archive. The original papers and catalog records are held at Department of Special Collections, Boston University.

Scope and Content: 
The Whitman collection of the larger Alice and Rollo G. Silver Collection is made up of first editions, collected editions, translations and reprints of the poet's own work, as well as contemporary works about him; many are inscribed or association copies. It also includes holograph letters and literary manuscripts, many photographs, engravings and memorabilia, and correspondence with Whitman's biographers and other collectors. Selected highlights include the first printing of Leaves of Grass (Brooklyn, 1855), the famous deathbed edition of Leaves of Grass, (Philadelphia, 1891-92), and nearly all of the revised editions published in the thirty-six years between the two. Also present are the novel Franklin Evans (Whitman's first book), an unpublished manuscript version of "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!" from Leaves of Grass, and books from Whitman's library.

Biographical Information:


For additional biographical information, see "Walt Whitman," by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, and the chronology of Whitman's Life.

Subjects:
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892;  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Manuscripts;  Poets, American--19th century; 


Series Description and Item Lists

Boxes: 1
Whitman Archive ID: bos.00001
Title:  "Old Age's Ship & Crafty Death's"
Date: about 1890
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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This is a proof of "Old Age's Ship & Crafty Death's," first published in 1890, with corrections and annotations in Whitman's hand.

Boxes: 1
Whitman Archive ID: bos.00003
Title:  "Sail out O mystic yacht"
Date: about 1891
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
This is a heavily revised draft of "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!" The poem was first published in Lippincott's Magazine in 1891 with "Sounds of the Winter," "The Unexpress'd," and "After the Argument" under the general title "Old-Age Echoes." The manuscript leaf is made from two scraps pasted together, one of them an envelope addressed to Whitman, bearing several postmarks from June 1890.

Boxes: 1
Whitman Archive ID: bos.00005
Title:  "[Was it thought that all was]"
Date: 1860-1869
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
View Images:  1  |  2 
This manuscript talks of liberty, as well as "gestures" to make during a lecture. "Notes for Lecture" is written at the base of the page in an unknown hand.


Restrictions on Original Materials: Please consult with repository.

Preferred Citation: To identify this finding aid as a source, see the Archive's "Conditions of Use" page.


Repository Contact Information:
Department of Special Collections
Boston University
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


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